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Water Experience 25

Water Experience 25

3 credit course; Group Bookings Available

Experience water like you never have before! Join us for a 4-day experiential learning adventure in the Bow Valley Watershed. Earn 3 credits in a Locally Developed Course (LDC2492) while developing your moving water canoeing and leadship skills and investigating the impacts of water

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General Water Experience 25 Course Information

  • Water Experience 25 is a locally developed course offered by Canadian Rockies Public Schools.
  • Water Experience 25 is open to students in Grade 10-12 students who have completed Water Experience 15.
  • This is a 3-credit course with approximately 75 hours of instruction.
  • Water Experience 25 can accommodate up to 16 students.
  • Water Experience 15 is prerequisite course as is a  basic level of physical fitness.
  • Students are expected to provide their own outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for the activity. A gear list will be provided.

General Water Experience 25 Learning Outcomes

The objectives of this course are to build water navigation, aquatic ecosystem knowledge and leadership skills in a context of critical thinking.  It also highlights best practice methods for inquiry research, problem solving, and analysis.

It is our intention that through this course students will:

  • Display a level of familiarity with techniques and technology that allows them to confidently respond to emergency situations
  • Demonstrate understanding of flatwater and moving water canoeing safety
  • Develop familiarity with basic navigation and personal safety equipment
  • Develop informed decision making skills and build leadership capacity
  • Access and apply online risk management resources

The aforementioned skills will be delivered in the context of the following:

  • Teach and model high quality best practice risk management skills across the outdoor education community
  • Foster and appreciation for terrain diversity
  • Appreciate the global nature of environmental issues
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of multiple technologies

Lake and Moving Water travel

  • technique development (Students have the opportunity to earn a Paddle Canada Certificate)
  • terrain and hazard evaluation
  • assessment of risk
  • emergency situations
  • trip planning

Knowledge and understanding

  • water ecosystems and water quality testing
  • the Rocky Mountain watersheds
  • risk management process

Leadership and Social Skills

  • communication skills
  • community building and acceptance of others
  • self-reflection

Appreciation and values

  • stewardship
  • role modeling
  • active ambassadorship

Fitness

  • personal water skills
  • nutrition
  • lifelong healthy lifestyle choices

Detailed Water Experience 25 Course Outline

*Exact program activities, locations and timings of course elements are subject to change.

Online Course work

Duration

Activity

1 hour

The Bow River and water diversion

1 hour

Water Ecology

1 hour

Water Quality and Measurement

1 hour

Water Recreation and Paddling Review

1 hour

Data analysis

Day 1

Time

Activity

8:45 am

Arrival at Outdoor Learning Centre

9:00 am

Gear check and any rain gear.

Startup briefing, setting the tone

9:45 am

River Rescue and Hazard Assessment Review

10:15 am

Bus to flat water
Flatwater skills review / intro to moving water

12:30 pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Strokes and maneuvers skill development

3:00pm

Water Quality Testing 1

4:00 pm

Pack Up Equipment / Transport to CROLC

4:30 pm

Gear management / Journals / Free Time

6:00 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Trust Activity

7:30 pm

Trip planning

8:30 pm

Water Footprints Activity

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 2

Time

Activity

7:00am

Breakfast

8:00 am

Transport to river

10:00 am

Canoe Skills – on water activities

11:00am

Water Quality Testing 2

12:30 pm

Bag lunch

1:00 pm

Canoe Skills continued

3:00 pm

Water Quality Testing 3

4:45 pm

Pack up Gear/Dry off and change into dry clothes

5:00 pm

transport to CROLC

5:45 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Free Time / Journaling / Final Project

7:10 pm

Group Game

7:40 pm

Trip Planning

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 3

Time

Activity

7:00 am

Breakfast

8:00 am

Depart CROLC

9:45 am

Dam tour

10:30am

Water Quality Testing 4

11:45 am

Skill Development - Paddling Day Trip

12:30 pm

Bag lunch

1:30 pm

Skill Development - Paddling Day Trip cont’d

3:30pm

Water Quality Testing 5

4:30 pm

transport from to CROLC

545 pm

Dinner

6:45 pm

Free Time / Journaling

6:45 pm

Teach Back Topics

7:45 pm

Data Interpretation

8:45 pm

Trip Planning

9:30 pm

Campfire

10:30pm

Lights Out

Day 4

Time

Activity

7:30 am

Breakfast

8:30 am

Transport to River

9:30 am

Water Quality Testing 6

11:00 am

Paddling Day Trip and Assessment

12:00 pm

Water Quality Testing 7

12:30pm

Bag lunch

1:00pm

Water Treatment Plant Tour

1:45pm

Water Quality Testing 8

2:00pm

Solo Reflection and Closing Circle

3:15 pm

Pack Up Gear / Load Canoes

3:30 pm

 

Depart for home